Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KTOP 211859

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Topeka KS
159 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017

Thunderstorms should develop in the 2:30-4:00 PM timeframe across
parts of northeast KS, along a cold front and pre-frontal confluence
axis -- within a corridor centered from Seneca toward Council Grove.
Appreciable capping accompanying an elevated mixed layer should
initially yield somewhat separated updrafts, especially given at
least some component of boundary-relative storm motion directed
toward the moderately buoyant pre-frontal air mass. Effective shear
around 35-40 kt will support transient supercell modes, with a
tendency for splitting storms and increasing storm interactions to
support upscale growth to broken quasi-linear convective segments in
proximity to the front. Boundary-layer dewpoints of 62-64F ahead of
the front are surmounted by 7.5-8 C/km midlevel lapse rates
accompanying the elevated mixed layer, with resultant convective
inflow characterized by 1000-2000 J/kg of MLCAPE. This thermodynamic
profile will support vigorous updraft accelerations with large hail
and damaging winds expected, and wind-driven hail will be possible
as convection congeals. Surface winds immediately ahead of the front
have veered to some extent -- partly in association with diurnal
mixing. However, with the TWX VAD wind profile indicating 30-40 kt
of flow in the 2-5-kft layer above ground, low-level shear should be
adequate for some tornado risk with line-embedded meso-vortices and
any sustained supercell structures. The front should clear the
forecast area by 9 PM with a few lingering showers in its wake
tonight, and winds becoming northwesterly in its wake with cooler
temperatures anticipated into Sunday.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017

The main headlines for the extended period consist of more quiet and
drier weather for much of the week. The next storm system by weeks
end looks to bring much cooler temperatures and the possibility of
wintry precipitation.

The upper level trough responsible for today`s thunderstorm activity
will continue its trek eastward, away from the CWA. Surface ridge
will push across the central and northern Plains Sunday night and
Monday. A secondary upper level trough will traverse the northern
Plains on Tuesday, placing the central Plains in northwesterly mid
and upper level flow. An area of high pressure along the central
Rockies, coupled with a surface cyclone in the Ohio Valley will
yield a strong pressure gradient across the area Monday and Tuesday.
Sustained northerly winds are expected to remain near 20 mph, with
gusts approaching 30 mph. A third upper level trough will progress
southward near the end of the work. In conjunction with the upper
trough, a strong cold front looks to bypass the area, ushering in
much colder air for Friday. High temperatures Friday and Saturday
look only reach the low 50s. Exact track of the associated surface
cyclone will play a big role in QPF amounts during the weekend. At
this point in time, light precipitation associated with the TROWAL
could impact northeast Kansas. With temperatures reach the low to
middle 30s Friday night and Saturday, the potential for a winter
precipitation exists.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 1230 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017

A cold front will move across the region later this afternoon
into the evening. Thunderstorms with gusty winds, hail, and
restricted visibilities/ceilings will be possible with this
activity. TOP and FOE will be the most likely TAF sites impacted
by this activity, in the 21Z-23Z timeframe. Ahead of the front,
gusty southerly to southwesterly winds are expected, with winds
becoming westerly to northwesterly following the frontal passage.
Ceilings should rise behind the front with decreasing cloud




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